Explore the Fascinating World of Mollusks

and the Beautiful Shells They Create

The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum connects people to the natural world through their love of shells and the animals that create them.


One of the best things to do on Sanibel, the Museum offers fun and educational activities for the whole family. Kids love touching live mollusks in our touch pools, winning scavenger hunt prizes, and watching our Giant Pacific Octopus. Come visit the only museum in the United States devoted solely to shells and mollusks!

Celebrating 25 Years Lecture Series
Free, Virtual Program, Presented via Zoom.

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Sept 28

Shell Dressed: Seashells in Fashion and Jewelry

By Jean M. Burks and Kory Rogers

Oct 20

Spooky Mollusks and Other Evils
of the Deep: A Halloween Special

By José H. Leal, Ph.D.


Precision Photography of Extraordinary and Uncommon Shells

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The Shell Museum shell identification app
Download the Shell Museum shell identification app on the app store!
Download the Shell Museum shell identification app on the Google Play store!

Take a photo of a shell and our app will identify it using machine learning. Every photo you take helps it get smarter! You can also browse the entire Southwest Florida Shell Guide.

Download the

Shell Museum App